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Pupils given counselling after sudden death of ‘caring’ head teacher

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Original article from Kent Live

A principal described as "outstanding" has died suddenly aged 48 – after falling ill at the school he helped turn around.

The trust overseeing the school described Paddock Wood Primary Academy Scott Opstad as "caring" and "diligent" following his death on Thursday.

They said the development was "distressing" and had come as a shock to the whole school community.

A full statement said: "It is with enormous sadness that we must confirm Scott Opstad died unexpectedly on March 17 having been taken ill at school.

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"This sad event comes as a shock to us all and understandably this is a distressing time for his colleagues and the whole school community.

"Staff and students have been provided with support in-school from our educational psychologists whilst they come to terms with their loss.

"Scott was an outstanding principal and a wonderful and kind person.

"He always did his best to support the pupils of Paddock Wood and worked tirelessly to ensure they got the best possible education whilst in his care.

"For his colleagues, he was a supportive and positive thinking leader who was always there to listen and help them.

"We have conveyed our deepest condolences to Mr Opstad’s family who we will support in any way we can at this most difficult time.

"Our thoughts are especially with his wife and children as they come to terms with this tragic event."

Mr Opstad had turned the school around since his arrival, according to a 2016 Ofsted inspection.

It read: "Your mantras of ‘keep it clear and simple’ for adults and ‘quality, quantity and perseverance’ for pupils have been taken to heart by all, and the quality of teaching and learning have improved."

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